In the summer, we are so busy with the garden and yardwork and taking care of animals.
The days fly by even though we have more daylight to enjoy.
But in the winter, the days can seem to drag on. We enjoy the rest from the summer activities, but we need something to keep us occupied from thinking about the cold days.
Today, I want to give you a list of things you can learn this winter to increase your homesteading skills and a link to a resource to help you master it.
Most of these you can do even if you don’t have a bunch of land for a homestead yet.
In the Kitchen
Bake bread- One of my big goals for last year was to learn how to bake bread. Baking your own bread can help you cut costs, monitor ingredients and just makes the house smell yummy! You can read the post here on how I did it and what recipe was the best —> Simple Bread Recipes and How They Compare.
Ferment food- Learning how to ferment food is something I haven’t done yet, so I can’t offer any advice. Making things like sauerkraut, fermented pickles, and sourdough products is a great skill to learn for health and self sufficiency. Check out this post from Attainable Sustainable for more information —> Fermented Food: 50+ Recipes to Get You Started
Make butter- Homemade butter is pretty easy to make, either with a mixer or just in a jar. Check out this tutorial from Living Well Spending Less —> How to Make Butter in a Stand Mixer.
Make cheese- Homemade cheese is a little more complicated than butter, but it is a great skill to know. Check out this mozzarella tutorial from Hapa Nom Nom —> Homemade Mozzarella
Make yogurt- If you have an Instant Pot, making yogurt is easy! Check out this tutorial from Whole Natural Life —> Instant Pot Yogurt.
Make homemade vanilla extract- Homemade vanilla extract is easy and oh so yummy! Check out this tutorial from Tasty Yummies —> How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract
Try cooking some new meals- Winter is a great time to try out some new soup recipes. If you have an Instant Pot, this post is for you —> 50 Instant Pot Soup Recipes.
Make bone broth- Bone broth is so healthy for you and is easy to make. Check out this tutorial from Whole New Mom —> How to Make Homemade Bone Broth
Make jams and jellies- We usually think of making these in the fall, but if you have berries in your freezer, winter is a great time to learn how to make jams and jellies. Check out this tutorial from Community Table —> 17 Small Batch Jam Recipes